COVID-19 Update: Dr. Serena McCalla will run iResearch Institute virtually for the summer of 2020.

Meet Our Mentors

Research was, and still is, incredibly special and important to the lives of all of our mentors. All iRI mentors are students at top universities who competed and won at the nation's top science competitions not too long ago, making them the perfect fit to guide iRI students on their journey to scientific research success. Our mentors are so excited to work alongside Dr. McCalla to train our talented and ambitious students this summer! *A full list of iRI mentors will be completed on this page in the upcoming few weeks.

Grace Hu

Stanford '21
Materials Science & Biotechnology
  • U.S. Presidential Scholar
  • Researcher at Stanford's world-famous Prakash Lab
  • ISEF 1st Place (2016) / 2nd Place (2017) in Materials Science
  • Regeneron STS Scholar
  • Siemens Competition Semifinalist

Madhav Subramanian

Washington University in St. Louis '23
Cellular / Molecular Biology
  • Regeneron STS Finalist
  • ISEF 1st Place in Cellular and Molecular Biology (2019)
  • 1st Place Award from Ashtavadhani Vidwan Ambati Subbaraya Chetty Foundation
  • 3rd Place Award for humane research from The National Anti-Vivisection Society

Anjali Chadha

MIT '23
  • ISEF Finalist (2018, 2019)
  • Regeneron STS Finalist
  • Founder of Empowered Inc.
  • Principal Subject of Science Fair, a National Geographic film

Kendra Zhang

Columbia '22
Biology & Economics
  • ISEF Best in Category  in Energy (2017)
  • Regeneron STS Scholar
  • Siemens Competition Semifinalist
  • JSHS National 3rd Place in Chemistry
  • Featured on The Today Show for HS research

Kevin Huang

Harvard '18
Math & Physics
  • USAMO Ranked Top 24 Nationally
  • Invited to MOP
  • ISEF 3rd Place in Physics & Astronomy
  • ISEF 4th Place in Computer Science
  • Siemens Competition Semifinalist

Caroline Chen

Columbia '22
Biomedical Health Sciences, Public Health, &  Biology

Leo Lo

Columbia '22
  • Regeneron STS Finalist
  • USA Physics Olympiad Gold Medalist (top 50 nationally)
  • ISEF 3rd Place in Physics (2018)
  • Co-author of journal article in Applied Physics Letters

Cassandra Ye

MIT '24
Chemical Biological Engineering
  • 3x ISEF Finalist (2018, 2019, 2020)
  • National Merit Finalist
  • Siemens Competition Semifinalist
  • Presidential Scholar Nominee
  • JSHS Regional 1st Place in Chemistry